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Neal Kumar 2007
University of London Kings College LLM in International Business Law 2008
Neal Kumar, an attorney with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C., traces his interest in international business law to the William C. Vis Moot Court Competition he participated in while a 3L at Pace Law School.
"The Vis Moot Court competition really opened my eyes to opportunities in international law, not only from studying the substantive issues, but also because I had the opportunity to interact with law students from all over the world," said Mr. Kumar.
Mr. Kumar credits the Vis team's coach, Pace Law Professor Linda Wayner, whose international business law class focused heavily on practical business law issues rather than legal theory, with reinforcing his desire to pursue a master's beyond his law degree.
For this, he traveled abroad to the University of London King's College, where he studied international finance and the use of derivative products, an area of law where he was able to use the skills he learned at Pace Law.
After returning to the U.S. in 2008 to write his thesis, Mr. Kumar took an internship with the Office of the General Counsel at the CFTC in Washington, D.C. Shortly after the internship, and having earned his LLM degree, he was offered a full-time position at the CFTC as an attorney representing the agency at the Office of the General Counsel.
Today, Mr. Kumar's work at the CFTC includes providing legal guidance on domestic and international regulatory matters as well as various industry developments, advising the Commission on procedural laws that govern the agency, and assisting in the development of regulatory policy.
"Pace Law offered me the opportunity to stretch my interests to areas I would not have predicted when I first started law school. I did not, and could not have pictured myself at a financial regulating agency when I started, and the fact that I am immersed in the mission of the CFTC is a credit to the diversity of Pace Law," said Mr. Kumar. "For prospective students, I would invite you to keep an open mind and challenge your interests beyond your comfort zone; you may find yourself fascinated in an area of law you least expect."